Robin Oakley

Robin Oakley - Journalist - Presenter - Speaker

Robin Oakley is an author and journalist. 

A contributor to CNN on European affairs, he is also the Turf columnist of The Spectator magazine, the racing correspondent for the Financial Times and a regular after-dinner speaker both on his political experiences and his racing life.

Robin was from 2000-2008 the well-travelled European Political Editor of CNN. Before that he was for eight years the Political Editor of the BBC, working for a wide range of TV and radio programmes and covering EU summits, G8 meetings and prime ministerial trips around the world as well as the full range of domestic politics.  


From 1986-92 Robin was the Political Editor and columnist for The Times in London. His previous experience included being assistant editor of the Daily Mail (1981-86), political and assistant editor of Now! Magazine (1979-81), Crossbencher columnist and then assistant editor of the Sunday Express (1970-79) and political editor of the Liverpool Daily Post. 

He was for many years a presenter of The Week in Westminster for BBC Radio Four. 

A well-known figure on the country’s race-tracks, Robin is currently working on a biography of the trainer Barry Hills, due out in 2009, and a history of the Cheltenham Festival. 

In September 2000 he published “Valley Of The Racehorse”, a book about the trainers, jockeys and racing folk in Lambourn, Berkshire. In September 2001 he published “Inside Track”, an anecdote-filled reflection on his years reporting politics.    

"It was a great pleasure to meet Robin and he was very much appreciated by all. A great evening."Gin & Vodka Association on Robin Oakley